Australian Camp and Dhampus Village Trek - 8 Days

Australian Camp and Dhampus Village Trek is a short and easy trek in the lush green foothills of the Annapurna Massif. The eight days trek is ideal for romantic getaways, family adventures, and solo trekkers who want to experience the geography, mountains, and culture in one go. It is a great adventure to witness the Annapurna massif and the adjoining Lamjung Himal, Macchapuchrey, and Himchuli amidst the greenery of the Australian Camp.

The Australian Camp and Dhampus Village trek begin from the capital city of Kathmandu then transcend to Bandipur via a long drive. The ancient Newari town of Bandipur, with its architectural beauty and peace, is another beauty of this trek. A short drive leads to the City of Lakes, Pokhara, from where the next stop is Sarangkot hills to witness the views of mountains and sunrise from the hilltop.

A short trek through the lush rhododendron and oak forest subsequently leads to the amazing Australian Camp for the stay. From there, the tour progresses to Dhampus village inhabited by the Gurung community. After the fantastic trek, Pokhara is the next stop leading to Kathmandu and then the Nagarkot hill station to enjoy the sunrise views from the hill tower.

The trip consists of many long romantic drives and a couple of days of the easy trek, perfect for people who enjoy a mixture of overland tours and adventure. The untouched beauty of the Annapurna foothills in Australian Camp and the distinct culture and traditions experienced in Dhampus village make this one of Nepal's best short treks.

Trip Highlights

  • Panoramic views of the mountains Annapurna, Himchuli, Macchapuchrey, and Lamjung Himal in Australian Camp
  • Witness the culture and traditions of the ethnic Gurung communities and other settlements in Dhampus village
  • Witness the sunrise and colorful paragliding views in Sarangkot Hill station
  • Unique ambiance along with sunset, sunrise, and mountain views from the high tower in Nagarkot Hill station
  • Experience the ancient streets, architectural Newari houses, and beautiful temples in Bandipur
  • Enjoy the spa, meditation, live music, nightlife, boating, and other activities in Pokhara
  • Visit and click pictures in the UNESCO heritage sites of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,400m/4,595ft)
Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur (1,030m/3,379ft, 4 to 5 hours)
Day 3 Drive from Bandipur to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft, 2 to 3 hours)
Day 4 Drive from Pokhara to Sarangkot Hill, then trek to Australian Camp (2,100m/6,890ft, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 5 Trek from Australian Camp to Dhampus village (1,650m/5,413ft), then drive to Pokhara
Day 6 Drive from Pokhara to Nagarkot (2,175m/4,136ft) via Kathmandu
Day 7 Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur for Sightseeing
Day 8 Final Departure from Nepal


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,400m/4,595ft)

Welcome to the land of the mountains, Nepal. Upon your landing at the Tribhuvan International airport, you will be greeted by our representatives, then driven to your hotel located in Thamel, which is only a 5 km drive. The vibrant streets of Kathmandu, along with the majestic views of hills and mountains, will make you excited for what's in store. After reaching your hotel, you can relax before heading out to explore the nearby Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can either catch a traditional rickshaw, a taxi, or walk on foot if the time permits.

The Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, displays ancient art, crafts, traditions, and rich culture. You can walk around the courtyard, visit the residence of the Living Goddess Kumari and explore the historic Hanuman Dhoka Museum.

It is worth enjoying the nightlife in Thamel by visiting restaurants, pubs, and clubs with live music.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur (1,030m/3,379ft, 4 to 5 hours)

bandipur-village The Newari town of Bandipur

After having breakfast, we will take a long drive to the Newari town of Bandipur, passing along the Prithvi Highway with the Trishuli river and terraced farmlands on the side. As you reach the cobblestone streets of Bandipur, you will witness the carefully preserved Newari Aesthetic. It is one of the best honeymoon and family tour destinations due to the peace, serenity, architecture, and amazing mountain views.

There are brick houses with wooden balconies overlooking the streets, which look like something straight out of a historical movie. After unpacking at your lodge, you can head out for a walk along the Bandipur Bazaar, which has a vehicle-free zone. You can visit the Thani Mai Temple, Tin Dhara, Tudikhel park, and a Buddhist monastery with your loved ones in and around the bazaar.

Later in the evening, you will enjoy a typical Newari meal consisting of spicy and mouth-watering delicacies.

Overnight stay in Bandipur.

Day 3: Drive from Bandipur to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft, 2 to 3 hours)

Wake up early in the morning to take a short drive to the city of Lakes, Pokhara, which is further west. Pokhara is a central tourist hub of Nepal as it is the gateway to many treks and tours in the popular Annapurna region. You will drop off at a lovely hotel near Phewa Lakeside in Baidam. After relaxing, you can head out for fun exploration. First off, you can opt for a romantic boat ride in Phewa Lake and visit the Barahi island temple.

After that, you can take a ride to Gupteshwor cave that has the statue of Lord Shiva. Then visit Davis falls and Bat cave which is close. Farther away, you can see the International Mountain Museum, which displays the historical records of the mountains and mountaineers in Nepal.

After the exhausting yet exciting day, you can have a quiet candlelight dinner at one of the many restaurants near the lakeside. Alternatively, if you want to enjoy the night away with some live music and dance, you can visit a pub or a bar in Baidam.

Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Sarangkot Hill, then trek to Australian Camp (2,100m/6,890ft, 5 to 6 hours)

Australian Camp Australian Camp

After your amazing day at Pokhara, it is time now to head to the magical Sarangkot hills. Early in the morning, before dawn, you will drive to the western outskirts of Pokhara city. From a short distance, you will hike your way up to the hilltop. The views seen from the hills are one of a kind and eye-catching. As the sun shines, the mountains on the backdrop look the perfect blend of golden.

The Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchre, and Annapurna Massif show off on the horizon. After a short stay at Sarangkot, have your breakfast, then head to Australian Camp for the final leg of the day. The trek to Australian Camp is filled with sights of mountains peeking from the dense forest surrounding the area, and the greenery keeps you awake and enthusiastic to take each next step. Upon reaching there, you will witness views of other mountain ranges like South Himchuli and Lamjung Himal. Enjoy a warm meal along with majestic views in the lodge with your loved one.

Overnight stay in Australian Camp.

Day 5: Trek from Australian Camp to Dhampus village (1,650m/5,413ft), then drive to Pokhara

Dhampus Village Dhampus Village

It is another day's adventure as you will be heading down to the settlements in the Dhampus Village from Australian Camp, which is a more leisurely trek. Rhododendrons will welcome you along the path as you leave behind the Camp. After walking on stone staircases and passing by oak forests and various settlements, you will reach Dhampus village.There are some old houses and some new ones in the village. The village has views of the mountains on most sides.

After enjoying a lovely tea and meal, you can interact with the locals from the ethnic Gurung community and witness their traditional dress, language, and traditions. This is an enlightening day as you understand the beauty of the place and the people. From Dhampus, you will then be driven back to Pokhara for the night's stay.

You can spend your evening in Pokhara by making a spa or meditation appointment to relieve your tired muscles after the trek. Enjoy some authentic Thakali meals at a nearby Thakali restaurant.

Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 6: Drive from Pokhara to Nagarkot (2,175m/4,136ft) via Kathmandu

On this day, you will be taking a long drive back to Kathmandu. From Pokhara, you will take the Prithvi Highway then pass through the Trishuli Riverside Road, which is mainly blacktopped. You will make brief stops for lunch and rest in between.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will drive to Nagarkot straight away, which is in the southwestern outskirt of the city. Nagarkot, a hill station, is the most romantic destination for married and unmarried couples and families. You will reach just in time to witness the sunset from the top, which is a mesmerizing sight.

Make the most of your time at Nagarkot by staying at a luxury hotel with fantastic service, cold breeze, and some wonderful company. You can also enjoy a campfire to warm yourself up while also taking in the evening breeze. 

Overnight stay in Nagarkot.

Day 7: Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur for Sightseeing

nagarkot Sunrise from Nagarkot

Early in the morning, before dawn, you will hike up to the hill station tower top, from where you can see the views of the sunrise and the majestic mountains. After enjoying the early morning hike and amazing views, you will head back to your hotel, have breakfast then drive back to Kathmandu.

On the way back, you can stop at Bhaktapur City, one of the most beautiful cities in the valley, filled with temples and preserved heritage sites. You can visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, where you will witness the ancient arts and crafts in the Golden Gate, Palace of 55 Windows, and Nyatapola temple. Enjoy the famous "King Curd" and engage in some pottery. It is an excellent way to bond with your loved ones.

From there, head to Kathmandu and stroll around Thamel for some souvenir shopping before you head back to your hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 8: Final Departure from Nepal

It is time to leave the geographically and culturally diverse country of Nepal. You will be driven to the Tribhuvan International Airport by our representatives after bidding you a farewell in hopes that you will return for another adventure. You can even prolong the tour to other tourist cities like Chitwan and Lumbini by discussing with your guide.

As you depart, the mountains and hills surrounding the valley will be your final shots of the beauty in Nepal.



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Farzan Jurs
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Dec 21, 2021
Family tour to the most beautiful places
We went for a family tour with Third Rock Adventures and our main attraction was Pokhara. My son and wife were always talking about the place and we finally had a chance to visit it. After we started the trip the attraction kept on surprising us like the hospitality and professionalism of Third Rock staffs. Apart from that the beauty of Bandipur village and the Nagarkot hilltop station literally were awe-inspiring. The views of Himalayas from both the places were equally admiring as in Pokhara, however Pokhara has closeup view of Himalayas with it own unique character to impress me and my entire family Loved this tour and highly recommended for family trips.
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Sergey Lantz
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Dec 20, 2021
Best for nature lovers
It was really nice walking trail with hill stations and jaw dropping views of amazing terrains extending up to the Himalayas. I loved walking everyday except the hectic long drive from Pokhara to Nagarkot. The natural ambiences , hospitality of local peoples and the tradition there were among the most iconic part of this trip. I loved and recommend to those seeking gentle hike but the best views. Wonderful .
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